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Alice Springs/Mparntwe based artist/producer Beth Sometimes works in diverse arts-based roles, alongside a personal arts practice comprising a multitude of scales and mediums. Her primary interest is working at the intersection of art and activism within a socially engaged practice. Additionally, Beth works conceptually – with a visual/performance practice spanning sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, sound, performance and music. She has been involved in multiple exhibitions, performances, installations and recording projects in addition to publishing comics and writing including a compendium of postcards From Sometimes Love Beth (Affirm Press) in 2009. In 2010/11 Beth co-wrote and performed ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Being’ a satirical music theatre show critiquing whiteness in Central Australia.

With social change company Big hART, Beth was initially involved with Ngapartji Ngapartji (2005-2011) as workshop facilitator, interpreter, community producer, musician and choir co-ordinator. She went on to co- produce and musically direct Nyuntu Ngali (2009-2010) and in 2013 produced Museum of the Long Weekend for the Centenary of Canberra. Beth was the gallery manager of Watch This Space ARI in 2011 and has sat on the board in 2016-2018 as secretary and general member.

In 2015 Beth created Personwatch – an audio tour as part of the Light in Winter festival at Federation Square and worked with sound art organisation Liquid Architecture (VIC) in a communications and co-curatorial role. In 2016 Beth initiated and produced Apmere angkentye-kenhe with local Arrernte people and Watch This Space, an artist-led social project exploring language, power and place. Apmere Angkentye-kenhe has been successfully re-funded to continue to develop in 2018. Additionally, Beth co-teaches Pitjantjatjara and works with NPY Women’s Council as part of the Uti Kulintjaku team. In March 2018, she completed an MFA by research through Victorian College of the Arts.

Beth is committed to her practice, and committed to working in ways which refuse to replicate the modes of success or shapes of power that continue to oppress various groups, be that via race, class or gender. She continues to embrace artistic practices as vital methods by which to build and reshape communities, construct and challenge identities and impact social imaginaries.

SOCIAL PROJECTS

2016-18 Apmere Angkentye-kenhe | A Place for Language, Mparntwe Alice Springs, NT.

2012-2013 Museum of the Long Weekend, Big hART

2006-2010 Big hART’s Ngapartji Ngapartji(Ngapartji Ngapartji was a long-term intergenerational language based community development and regional development language arts project, based in Alice Springs, produced by Big hART

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017 Magic Hour @ Coles Carpark, Hobiennale, TAS

2017 Full disclosure Spy, WOS Festival, NT

2017 Having a voice: The 1967 Referendum, The Residency, Alice Springs, NT

2016 Spy Feel, Watch This Space, NT

2015 Confidence Pad, Little Woods Gallery, Collingwood, VIC

2015 Personwatch, Square of Light, Federation Square, VIC

2014 Festival of Uncertainty, Emotional Rollercoasters, Auckland, NZ

2012 The Metaphorical Toolboard, Massey Wellington, NZ

2011 Souvenir, Watch This Space NT, Australia

2010 Gold is spun with the Hands and Tongue, Watch This Space, NT

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2017 Belly, Watch This Space, NT

2015 HUMPY, Love/City 2, Testing Grounds, VIC

2014 Psychic Hairdressers, White Night, Dark MOFO

2013 Blind Sailor, Performance Arcade, Wellington Waterfront

2013 U are not alone, Home Economics #3, Wellington, NZ

2012 Pimp My Play, Last Tuesday Society, Melbourne Fringe Festival

2010 OK SLUTS: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Wide Open Space Festival, Alice Springs.

2010 Nyuntu Ngali Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf Two, The Space, Adelaide Arts Centre

2006-2009 Ngapartji Ngapartji MIAF, PIAF, Sydney Festival, Dreaming Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Alice Desert Festival & Pukatja creek-bed, SA.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018 Un Magazine 12:1

2017 Dear Un: Apmere Angkentye-kenhe, in conversation. Online.

2017 ‘Those fifty words might live in sentences’ NT Writers Magazine

2016 Coles Carpark Files – Self-published data zine

2016 The Tender Unraveling 1&2 Self-published zines

2016 If We All Spat at Once They’d Drown: Drawings about class. Editor: Sam Wallman

2015 Ambiguous Bases 1&2, Caldera Press

2015 Three Words: Anthology of Aotearoa NZ Women’s comics.

2009 From Sometimes Love Beth, Affirm Press, ISBN10 0980637805 2008 Lines of Wisdom Affirm Press ISBN: 9780980374650

 

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Sometimes, B., Kelly, A. (2010). Ngapartji Ngapartji: Indigenous Language in the Arts. In John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh (Eds.), Re-awakening languages: Theory and practice in the revitalisation of Australias Indigenous languages, (pp. 84-89). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Sometimes, B. Ngapartji Ngapartji. Ngoonjook, No. 35, 2010: (pp. 19-25). Educational Media Unit: Batchelor College

  

RESIDENCIES

2015 Silence Awareness Existence, Hameenkyro, Suomi/Finland

2012 Artist Wants a Life, Alice Springs, NT(Initiator, co-producer and mentoree provocateur)

2011 Splendid Arts Lab, Lismore, NSW

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2017 ‘Ghosting the hosted’ AAANZ Directions in Art, Perth

2017 ‘Language is a Map’ Power, Place Privilege, Melbourne